I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I should have know better. I made the mistake of only having one book on my player. I went on trip to Kansas and was in my work truck for 8 hours. This was the only book, I had and I listened from start to finish. When you are driving and you have a good book to listen to, time just flies by. When you are driving and you have a boring book to listen to time drags. Like I said I spent a week in Kansas in One day.
The premiss for this book is good. I love a story that includes artificial intelligence. This is an almost the end of the world through e-mails. The problem is, Hertling can't write. This had to be a debut book, surely he has not sold other books. He has some good ideas, but he needs to team up with Daniel Suarez or Robert J. Sawyer. He needs a mentor, someone to teach him the art of writing or telling a story.
I also kind of wonder if he was funded by a coffee company. There is more in here about coffee then about artificial intelligence. I love coffee and the book still sucked.
The narrator did not help, I don't know if it was his talent or the bad writing.
If you like high tech, then buy Daniel Suarez.
The plot is contrived, and the twists and turns are predictable. Not a great contribution to the "super computer takes over the world" genre.
Another book what happens when computers become self aware. Fun and more down to earth than a Terminator theme. Good reader.
Great book, are there any more?
Daniel Suarez Daemon & Freedom
When the guy with all the paper talks with the 2 creators
There were too many holes in a lot of the technology and how the data centers existed. A floating datacenter? Seriously? The logistics of anything like that would be silly. I suspect it was to make them harder to deactivate, but it made it laughable.
Sure - the concept of a social engineering AI was interesting, but the book didn't get into that as much.
Maybe a made-for-TV movie. There wasn't much suspense, and it was a bit formulaic. Nothing overly clever or technical that could confuse anybody.
It's not a bad book, but in this genre, there's a lot better.
and in addition to no character development, the narrator seemed pretty bored with the story. it's like he was trying to put us to sleep. despite all that, since i liked the genre, i liked it enough to finish.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It was not very well written, and I think this poor writing (specifically dealing with character development/behaviour) took too much away from what, otherwise, might have been an okay story. Maybe.
It is a lot like Daemon except, of course, much more lecturey and person-does-A and then person-does-B formulaic. The writing simply didn't flow, and there was little suspense.
This might be because the characters were not very distinct or "real" feeling, so... basically, we don't care what happens to whom or why... they all sound the same, so it is hard to tell if it was person one or person two who had something happen to them.
Was the techy component good?... well... it was better than the character development, but... again, it was written so stiltedly that it felt like I was reading a how-to manual. And I don't know that the tech was as "cutting edge" as it thinks it is. Sure, it's not "real" at the moment, but this author certainly isn't the first to use a self-actualizing AI as the premise of a story.
And the sub-title makes no sense at all. Oh well, live and learn. I won't be looking for any more books by this author.
The narration was okay. There is no sex or gore and the language is too dull to even have much in the way of swearing.
no; it was a slow vwersion
the final scene
the original terminator series was more exciting
The last chapter was completely superfluous.
By getting a reader who can actually act.
The story had potential. The author did an only mediocre job of disguising that this was about Google and the perils of data mining.
I guess I have been lucky up until now. Trusting other peoples reviews have usually been good advice. But each of the Avogadro books by William Hertling have been serious disappointments. Realism has been thrown out the window and choice of narration has been weak. It's now all bad and I feel he could have done much better with more thought before writing.
Spend more time thinking about reality. These Avogadro series are way off base and too far out to be remotely plausible.
The narrator does not have the dynamic voice range for the many characters in these stories.
The beginning of the story flies too quickly through the background and only lightly touches on how the story reached the point where it really begins.
I am a strong proponent and critic of realism. And it seems that only writers of near future fiction can create a story line that is plausible. Far future stories have way to much range in what they can create under the category of 'this or that technology will exist in the future' with no other fundamentals of how we will get there.